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The Possibility of Religious Pluralism: A Reply to Gavin d'Costa

John Hick
Religious Studies
Vol. 33, No. 2 (Jun., 1997), pp. 161-166
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20008088
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The Possibility of Religious Pluralism: A Reply to Gavin d'Costa
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Abstract

This paper is a reply to D'Costa's article ("Religious Studies," 32, pp. 223-32) in which he argues that there is no such position as religious pluralism because in distinguishing between, e.g., Christianity or Buddhism, and Nazism or the Jim Jones cult, a criterion is involved and to use a criterion is a form of exclusivism. In reply I point out that this sense of 'exclusivism', as consisting in the use of criteria, is self-destructive; that the pluralistic hypothesis, as a meta-theory about the religions, has a different logical status from the creeds of the historical religions; and I also show the origin of the ethnical criterion used by the religious pluralist who stands within one or other of the great world faiths.

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